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Old 19-11-13, 12:42 PM
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Asus Vanguard B85 Motherboard



We take a look at the MATX Asus B85 Vanguard that could be perforeft for those of you out there not wanting a K series Haswell CPU


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Old 29-12-13, 11:23 PM
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I just bought this motherboard and fitted it with an i3 4340 and an ASUS Radeon R9 270X . In the specs of the motherboards it mentions "AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology" . Does this mean that in the future I can add a second R9 270x in "crossfire" mode, or does "quad" mean only 4 videocards would work.
Thank you for your review, it helped me a lot.
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Old 30-12-13, 12:07 AM
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I just bought this motherboard and fitted it with an i3 4340 and an ASUS Radeon R9 270X . In the specs of the motherboards it mentions "AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology" . Does this mean that in the future I can add a second R9 270x in "crossfire" mode, or does "quad" mean only 4 videocards would work.
Thank you for your review, it helped me a lot.
It means you could have two Dual GPU cards on the motherboard. For example you could install two 7990's and get a 4 way crossfire.
If you install a single card then the max you can obtain is the standard 2 way crossfireX configuration. In the future you may add one more 270x.

As always nice review tom
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Old 30-12-13, 06:19 PM
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Thank you very much for such a quick reply.
As you probably already noticed I'm not at all familiar with multi-GPU configurations .
Could you , please , direct me to some documentation regarding AMD's Crossfire technology ?
Wikipedia hasn't got much to say about this.
Thank you once again.
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Old 30-12-13, 10:17 PM
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Thank you very much for such a quick reply.
As you probably already noticed I'm not at all familiar with multi-GPU configurations .
Could you , please , direct me to some documentation regarding AMD's Crossfire technology ?
Wikipedia hasn't got much to say about this.
Thank you once again.
Basically in short:
Two GPUs working together in parallel to handle a workload provided by the OS and drivers. The CPU will offload the tasks to the GPUs like this;

GPU1: 1,3,5,7,9,11
GPU2: 2,4,6,8,10,12

The numbers are representing the frames. GPU1 will process every other frame and GPU2 processes the frames being skipped over by GPU1.

Anyway back on topic. This is a very potent motherboard for the price. Very strong competitor!
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Old 25-01-14, 09:33 PM
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Vanguard B85 can OC

Hi there guys.
I just replaced my Core i3 4340 with a Core i5 4670K and found that the BIOS lets me change the core multiplier , and I changed it an put it to 42.
At the moment the i5 4670K runs at 4,2 Ghz with 1.198 V .
How is this possible ?
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Old 25-01-14, 09:45 PM
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Intel recently released microcode for their CPUs so that only z87 boards can OC.. looks like you got lucky dude.

Make sure it is stable and all temps including the mobo are safe.
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Old 06-08-14, 06:03 PM
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The Vanguard B85 motherboard *IS* overclockable

http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/..._motherboard/1

"Today, Rushkit looks at the Asus B85 Vanguard; a motherboard that’s packed with features, looks and performance of the more expensive Z87 range, just without the overclocking abilities, and all for a much lower price!

The statement that the Vanguard B85 doesn't have overclocking abilities is completely wrong. I have a Vanguard B85 mobo with an Intel i7-4770K CPU. I overclocked the cpu by changing just one setting in the B85's BIOS.

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Old 07-08-14, 12:59 AM
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Good to see RKJ back
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Old 07-08-14, 03:28 AM
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Whooo hooo J's back! Nice offering from Asus, pretty much bomb proof for £80 and it matches ye' olde Noctua fans
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